The main immigration problem is that our politicians don't actually care about solutions, the Republicans love having illegal immigration as a way to get voters to come out and vote for them (it's worked quite well for decades), and the Democrats love having the caged children to point to to get people riled up and ready to go out and vote for the Dems so they can end it, except Democrats won't end it, it's also a very effective way to get voters out so why would they change it?
Anyway, if they did actually care then there are plenty of effective things they could do. First of all we cut off the demand for illegal immigrants, because we don't just have an illegal immigrant problem we also have an illegal business owner problem
. In America the idea of the government interfering with a business in any negative way is considered scary bad communism, so this is the part that wouldn't fly here in the US... but we actually have the the government enforce corporate............laws.
Yes, the businesses would be held accountable for employing the immigrants who are effectively taking yer jerbs. So it would be announced to business owners, ICE will be conducting raids on businesses not just to deport the immigrants, but they'll be there to check records looking for proof
that the workers are legal, and if they can't prove that they're all fully legal documented workers...then we're throwing your
illegal a** in jail. Not just a simple slap on the wrist like a small fine, they'll be doing time. Maybe they'd be given a few months notice so they can drop the illegal workers and hire legal workers.
The important thing is that it would need to actually be enforced, if a raid led to a number of business owners actually doing time for breaking the law then that would be a message to every other business.
Once illegal immigrants are getting turned down everywhere they go then self-deportation will be a very possible option, instead of us separating families they'd have time to figure things out, family arrangements etc. If they can't get work here then what do they do? They immigrate to where they can
get work, and the US would no longer be that place.
The reality is though that business owners will of course be unhappy, some of them might not even be able to operate without low wage illegal immigrants (that's where that 'invisible hand of the free market' comes in and wipes those particular businesses out) or they might not be able to find US citizens who are even willing to do all the s*** work. It would effect the local economies since it's not just those businesses that are in limbo it would have an effect on the surrounding communities, so basically politicians would be lobbied to make certain laws regarding expediting the worker visa process, so if a business can't employ US citizens it will still have those immigrants who are now there legally with work visas.
There's a way to enforce the law of the land and also not be so cruel to immigrants. The ones that do get in illegally will have a tough time finding work, and the ones who are employed will be legal and therefore being paid a legal wage thus not working for such low wages that US citizens can't compete with.
So there's an idea.